ProRally: Lake Superior final results

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SCCA® ProRallysm Championship - Round #9 - Lake Superior
Choiniere/Becker Cruise to 5th Consecutive Overall Season Victory

Houghton, Michigan: The final round of the 2000 SCCA ProRally Championship season came to a satisfying conclusion today for team Hyundai, as Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker cruised to their 5th consecutive overall win of the season, and Choiniere's eighth Overall Driver's and Becker's seventh Overall Co-Driver's Championship in the SCCA ProRally Series. In an emotional acceptance speech at the event's award's banquet last night, Jeff Becker dedicated the win to his wife Tess, who passed away late in the 1999 season, and who, said Becker continues to 'support and look over us.' While the Choiniere/Becker victory tonight came relatively easy to the eight-time Champion, but there were some concerns. The roads used on the second leg featured the re-addition of a few classic stages from when the forerunner of this event was conceived over 20 years ago. Well known in their previous incarnations as rough on equipment and fast, but technical, Choiniere was relieved: "The roads today seemed so amazingly wide and fast that it is difficult to believe that these are the same roads that we use to run a few years ago."

Karl Scheible and Russ Hughes overcame a multitude of problems from Leg one to crawl their way back up the leader board. Languishing in 22nd overall position at the end of day one, the team came back to finish fourth overall, "A career best - the most positions I've ever made up in one day of rallying" said the 2000 Group N Champion, adding, "the car was just perfect."

Garen Shrader and Michael Fennell continued to demonstrate their ability to remain consistent regardless of pressure applied as they finished their third event in a row with a podium finish since the addition of Michael Fennell to the team as the co-driver. Said Shrader; "It was flat out or back off all day long. I just followed Michael's lead."

Brian Hourt's misfortunes in the early going yesterday; when his car developed a minor electrical problem that lead to a slide into the swamp; gave his Group 5 competitor Mark Utecht a chance to back off his pace for the remainder of the event. Utecht played a wise game, conserving the car and solidifying his grasp on the 2000 Group 5 Championship and the coveted Woodner Cup for the top finishing two wheel drive driver. "Brian was a great competitor all year, it is a shame that we had to finish this way without a big battle." The pair came to Lake Superior tied in the points chase.

In Group 2, Bob Neilsen, a long-time entrant who first started to contest this event in the late 1970's, used all of that experience to his advantage as he held off the other Group 2 teams in the closest battle this season for a National Championship. Bob spoke of the chances in the event, "Today, not only the cars are becoming fast and strong, but the drivers and teams are stepping up too."

Doug Shepard's weekend long battle to fend off the other teams behind him while trying to catch Paul Choiniere summed up, "I was down by about two minutes, but if Paul wanted, it could have been four. He was just uncatchable."

This concludes the 2000 season of the SCCA ProRally Championship. The 2001 season of the SCCA ProRally Championship kicks off in Michigan's Lower Peninsula on January 26-27, 2001, with the aptly named Sno*Drift event. As in 2000, Sno*Drift will be a full points Drivers and Manufacturers Championship event.

<pre> Final Finish Order (official) times are in hours:minutes: hundredths of seconds start Finish Car# Time Seed Class Driver Co-driver year Car 1 1 2 2:05:42 FIA Open Paul Choinere Jeff Becker 00 00 Hyundai Tiburon 4 2 52 2:08:08 1 Open Doug Shepherd Pete Gladysz 92 Mitsubishi Eclipse 5 3 4 2:10:14 1 Open Garen Shrader Michael Fennell 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 3 4 61 2:12:20 FIA Open Karl Scheible Russ Hughes 98 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 6 5 115 2:12:32 2 Gr N Seamus Burke Frank Cunningham 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 8 6 6 2:13:28 1 Gr N Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krolikowski 95 Subaru WRX STI 19 7 12 2:15:40 1 GT Steve Gingras Bill Westrick 94 Mitsubishi Eclipse 10 8 567 2:16:01 2 Gr 5 Steve Nowicki David Stone 85 Mazda RX-7 35 9 107 2:17:35 3 Open Tim Paterson Scott Ferguson 99 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 15 10 94 2:17:38 2 GT Bryan Pepp Jerry Stang 90 Eagle Talon 22 11 971 2:20:22 3 GT Brendan Cunningham Paul McClean 90 Eagle Talon 25 12 501 2:20:56 3 Open Todd Jarvey Richard Faber 92 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 18 13 83 2:21:25 2 Gr 5 Mark Utecht Brenda Corneliusen 86 Dodge Omni GLH turbo 23 14 98 2:21:51 3 Gr 2 Robert Nielsen Brett Corneliusen 87 VW Golf Gti 29 15 20 2:21:52 1 Open George Plsek Alex Gelsomino 90 Audi Quattro 13 16 82 2:22:43 2 Gr 5 Mike Hurst Rob Bohn 93 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 31 17 165 2:23:14 3 P Dennis Chizma Claire Chizma 73 Porsche 911 17 18 116 2:23:20 2 Gr 2 Tom Lawless Brendan Lawless 93 Honda Civic 21 19 575 2:23:44 6 Gr 5 Jeremy Butts Jonathan Vrzal 93 Ford Mustang GT 14 20 21 2:25:13 2 GT Chris Czyio Eric Carlson 91 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 11 21 551 2:25:43 3 Open Mark Sarnecki Rick Hansen 98 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 38 22 16 2:26:22 1 GT Gail Truess Patti Hughes 88 Mazda 323 GTX 33 23 15 2:27:01 5 Gr 2 Brad Hawkins Adrian Wintle 96 VW Golf Gti 46 24 97 2:27:41 3 GT Paul Dubinsky Yvon Dubinsky 92 Eagle Talon 30 25 132 2:28:50 4 Open Robert Burtis James R. Burtis 85 Audi quattro coupe 24 26 71 2:29:52 1 Gr 5 Bryan Hourt Mike Dunn 97 Honda Civic 28 27 55 2:31:25 3 P Brian Vinson Richard Beels 88 VW Golf Gti 42 28 149 2:32:40 5 Open Jonathan Ryther Janice Damitio 00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 44 29 11 2:32:50 4 Open Ivan Orisek Olga Orisek 84 Audi 4000 quattro 43 30 65 2:33:44 4 Gr 5 Don Rathberger Jimmy Brandt 87 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 34 31 173 2:33:55 5 Gr N Patrick Lilly Mark McAllister 95 Subaru Impreza 12 32 84 2:36:38 5 Gr 2 JB Niday Al Kintigh 86 VW Golf GTi 37 33 73 2:39:35 3 Gr 2 Nicholas Robinson Carl Lindquist 97 Honda Civic 47 34 967 2:45:03 6 P Perry King Mark Williams 00 Hyundai Tiburon 58 35 41 2:48:52 6 Gr 2 Art Burmeister Bob Martin 87 VW Golf Gti 27 36 69 2:52:16 6 Gr 2 Charles Sherrill Mark Rea 89 Honda CRX Si 56 37 42 2:58:19 4 Gr 2 Eric Burmeister Mark Buskirk 86 VW Golf Gti 57 38 232 3:09:04 5 GT Mark Tabor Kevin Poirier 89 Mazda 323 GTX

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ClubRally results were unavailable at press time

Leg One Retirements - unofficial Car # Drivers Name Co-Drivers Name Class Year Make Stage Retirement cause (unofficial) 19 Rodney Dean Nichole Dean GT 91 Eagle DNS Unknown 58 Roland McIvor TBA Gr 2 93 Nissan DNS Unknown 914* Noel Nash Bernard Farrell Gr N 97 Mitsubishi DNS Withdrawn - engine 110 Mark Nelson TBA Gr N 97 Mitsubishi DNS Withdrawn 148 Lon Peterson Bill Gutzman Open 00 Subaru SS2 Electrical - fuel pump 512 Jouni Pohjolainen John Matikainen P 91 Nissan SS3 Accident - Tree 555* Colin McCleery Jeff Secor Gr 5 85 Merkur SS3 Gearbox 59 John Rek Bob Dupree Open 95 Audi SS4 Engine management 601* Michael Halley E. Burton-Weinman Gr 5 87 Dodge SS4 Roll-over 166 John Daubenmier Stanley Rosen Gr 5 88 Chevrolet SS5 Mechanical 51 Jay Streets Bill Feyling Gr 2 85 Toyota SS5 Rear differential 104 Martin Donnelly Gavin Coyle Open 90 Eagle SS5 Mechanical 133 Tom Young Jim Lebeau P 95 Dodge SS5 Fuel tank 168 Celsus Donnelly Barry Smith GT 90 Eagle SS4 Accident 194 Wiktor Biegalski Marcin Kornellik Gr 5 90 Mitsubishi SS5 Accident - Tree 904* John Drislane Paul Geary Gr 5 87 Mitsubishi SS5 Mechanical 926* Aidan McCormack Ed McCormack GT 90 Mitsubishi SS5 Mechanical 137 Phil Smith Dallas Smith GR 2 68 MGB SS7 Engine 33 James Warren Charles Binder Open 83 Audi SS8 Mechanical

* indicates teams that have the option of re-starting Leg 2 as ClubRally entrants only.

Leg Two Retirements - unofficial Car # Drivers Name Co-Drivers Name Class Year Make Stage Retirement cause (unofficial) 165 Patrick Richard Ben Bradley GT 98 Subaru SS13 Suspension 950 Shane Mitchell Paul Donnelly GT 90 Eagle SS11 Unknown 937 Patrick Farrell John O'Reilly Open 91 Eagle SS11 Unknown

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Series SCCA
Drivers Mike Dunn , Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , George Plsek , Alex Gelsomino , Jay Streets , Bill Feyling , Mark Nelson , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham , Mark McAllister , Shane Mitchell , Patrick Lilly , Eric Burmeister , Roland McIvor , Rob Nicholas , Patrick Richard , Jeff Secor , Martin Donnelly , Art Burmeister , Adrian Wintle , Mark Williams , David Stone , Jimmy Brandt , Scott Ferguson
Teams Williams